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Polish Food And Summer Is A Perfect Pair-ogi for Indiana Town

Araceli Gomez-Aldana

Pierogi Fest is celebrated in Whiting, Indiana on the last weekend of July every year. This year WBOI’s Araceli Gomez-Aldana visited her hometown to take part in the celebration. 

Attracting about 300,000 visitors every year, Pierogi Fest celebrates the popular Eastern European snack of dumplings filled with anything from sauerkraut, cheese, potato, cabbage, onion, meat, hard-boiled eggs and even fruit.

What is a Pierogi?

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Meat pierogies.

At Pierogi Fest, you will also find the Polka Parade featuring women in housecoats and babushkas (colorful headscarves), known as the buscias. Also present are the Lawnmower Brigade, Mr. Pierogi, Miss Paczki, The Pieroguettes and live music.

There are also a few contests like the pierogi eating contest, the pierogi tossing contest and other special events.

What is a buscua?

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The Whiting Pierogi Fest Buscias show off their red lipstick.

The Whiting Pierogi Fest Buscias tell us what it's like being a buscia.

  Sounds of the Polka Parade

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Member of the Pierogi Fest lawnmower brigade takes a break during the Polka Parade.


 What does Pierogi Fest mean to you? 

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Jim Augustyn and his wife Melody take a selfie during Pierogi Fest.
An interview with life-long Whiting resident Jim Augustyn.

Araceli Gómez-Aldana poses with Mr. Pierogi.

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Lilliana cooks pierogies for the Kasias stand at Pierogi Fest 2018.